3. Visit the Wilhelminapapier
On this architectural calling card of the Netherlands, you will find a mix of monumental warehouses and spectacular new buildings. The Erasmus Bridge, The Rotterdam, the New Orleans building, the Luxor Theater, the Cruise Terminal, Montevideo and so on. There is plenty to see on this pier, which largely determines Rotterdam’s skyline. With hot spots such as the Photo Museum, the terrace of Hotel New York and restaurants such as the famous Las Palmas (by Herman den Blijker) it is a place where you will not easily get bored.
4. Taste some fresh foods at the Markthal (Market halls)
This is the first covered market hall in the Netherlands. A place where good food, fresh produce and diverse cultures come together in a spectacular arch. The Markthal is an icon and pride of Rotterdam and Rotterdammers. The special shape of the building appeals to the imagination of everyone who sees it. The inside is so beautiful that many still consider it to be one of the largest and most beautiful artworks by artist Arno Coenen. The surface of 11,000 m2 is covered with bright colors and is now also known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam’. What makes the Markthal so special is the sellers and their unique and fresh wares. You will find 96 stalls and 20 shops and restaurants. Experience flavors from famous and new cultures and if possible, get a guided tour from one of the many local guides.
5. Go shopping in the Beurtraverse
The middle of the city centre is exactly where you’d find this half-underground shopping street with over 80 stores in the field of fashion, lifestyle, gifts and catering. The Beurtraverse, also called Koopgoot by Rotterdammers, is a shopping street that is right under the Coolsingel. You can enjoy shopping without being bothered by the busy traffic above you. In the street, you will find many well-known chain stores and is always very busy during the summer months.
6. Go shopping in the Beurtraverse
In the middle of the center, you will find this half-underground shopping street with over 80 stores in the field of fashion, lifestyle, gifts and catering.
The Beurtraverse, also called Koopgoot by Rotterdammers, is a shopping street that runs under the Coolsingel. You can enjoy shopping without being bothered by the busy traffic above you. In the street, you will find many well-known chain stores. The Beurtraverse has various entrances, and the Beurs underground station also comes out underground in the middle of the shopping street.
7. Taste some Dutch delicacies on the steamship SS Rotterdam
Discover this former cruise ship, drink a cup of coffee and enjoy the view of the magical skyline of Rotterdam.
The SS Rotterdam made its first trip to New York in 1959 and for more than 40 years, sailed the oceans. Discover the aft deck, watch a film about the trans-Atlantic crossing or explore the bridge and engine room during a guided tour. There’s also the possibility of an exciting trip and you will also find an escape room while on board. As far as food and drinks are concerned, there is plenty to choose from steak, champagne, Rotterdam fishmonger and so on. You will find two restaurants and several bars on the steamship and It is also possible to stay overnight on the ship as there are more than 254 comfortable hotel rooms.
8. Visit the Fenix Food Factory
The Fenix Food Factory is a space where everything is fresh. Open the doors of the converted harbor shed and enter a delicious, culinary world.
Since the factory’s refurbishment, you will find many culinary entrepreneurs in the fenix sheds (on the Katendrecht peninsula). It is a place where you can get bread that is baked on the spot, the coffee is freshly roasted, they brew beer and so on. You will also find a cider shop, bookstore and farmhouse cheese shop.
9. Visit the Euromast
The Euromast is 185 meters high and thus the highest tower in the Netherlands. Step into the elevator and shoot up almost 100 meters at 4 meters per second, to the crow’s nest of the Euromast. From this point, you have a beautiful view over the skyline of Rotterdam. You can easily look over all the high buildings and with some luck, see Antwerp. At the top, you will find next to a beautiful view a shop with nice souvenirs and a dinner. Besides dining, you can also go for brunch, lunch and, if applicable, a high tea and high wine. More information about the Euromast is on our specific page about the Euromast.